You, like millions of mamas around the start of school, are likely jumping from packing lunch, to school drop off, to work, to activities, to errands...the (to-do) list goes on. What's probably left off the list is you. That is, some carved out 'me' time, and no, we're not talking about grocery shopping by yourself or walking the track during their soccer practice. Parents -- and moms in particular -- have been so focused on their child's mental health lately, and rightfully so, that their own mental health and wellness gets lost in the shuffle. Enter: burnout. Avoid getting to that point by penciling in specific time for something just for you. When you take care of yourself, it's much easier to take care of the ones you love. Try some of these 'me time' activities to get started.
Say Ah at the Spa Whether with your mom squad or by yourself, there are plenty of spas around Bergen County to help you seriously unwind and shut off. Invest in a day pass at Sojo Spa in Edgewater, which has some October specials coming up, for all-day relaxation. Plus, their saunas and therapy rooms promote health benefits such as detoxing, decreasing stress and reducing inflammation. Or, take a much-needed time out at BRC Day Spa & Sauna Resort in Fair Lawn, and enjoy some of their many treatments or therapy room such as the Himalayan Salt Room, which boosts the immune system and reduces muscle tension. Then grab a drink and toast to you.
Get Out With the Girls GNOs aren't just fun, there are actually some healthy benefits too (as if you needed an excuse for a night out). Not only can you bond with your favorite ladies, girls nights can help decrease feelings of anxiety and stress. This is also a great opportunity to try something new. Embrace your inner artiste at a paint and sip class at Pinot's Palette in Ridgewood, which hosts in-studio, private and virtual events. Or book a workshop and create a unique gift (for yourself or or someone) at Board and Brush in Ramsey, where you can select your own wood project and leave with a masterpiece.
Work it Out Switch up your normal exercise routine for something new and exciting, which will break up the workout blues, help you learn new skills to sharpen your memory and allow you to meet new people. Check out bounce (trampoline) classes at Define Body & Mind in Allendale, which combine old-school fun with an exhilarating and challenging workout. Or, pick up a new sport that you can play anytime, anywhere, such as Fitness With Friends' Tennis Clinic, designed by a D1 Tennis scholarship recipient.
Make a Quick Getaway While this may be the hardest to pull off, with a little support you can make it happen. Getting away for even just one night, by yourself, with nowhere to be and no one to answer to, allows you to go at the pace that works for you with no pressure. Chose your level of activity at The Lodge at Woodloch, where you can relax at the spa, enjoy a scenic bike ride or check out a cooking demo. Or for total pleasure mode, check in to The Spa at Norwich Inn, currently offering fall treatments such at the Pumpkin & Pecan Body Wrap.
You'll be sure to fall in love with yourself all over again.